Muslim community should unite against terror: Jaiswal

December 4th, 2007 - 8:32 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, today asked the Muslim community to stay united against the communal forces trying to create a rift in the secular fabric of the country.
Addressing a demonstration-led by Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Council, a Sufi organisation, Jaiswal said the unity of the community against terrorism will be the most fitting reply to those working to spread hatred and mistrust in the country.
“We know that there is no bigger traitor than the one who tries to question the faithfulness of Islamic community,” said Jaiswal, adding: “such protests by the community can be a fitting reply to them (miscreants), something that even the government cannot give.”
Traditionally, Sufism in India has been at the core of Hindu-Muslim unity.
Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Council activists held placards that read ‘Sufi Corridor Can Play an Important Role in Peace,’ and “We Condemn All Blasts in the World”
The activists urged political outfits to set aside vote politics to strengthen the country.
Sayed Muhammad Jilani, an activist, said: “We will take into consideration all measures that will help establish peace in the country. We request the political organisations to set aside vote politics and lend importance to national interests; only then can such terror attacks be checked.”
On November 23, near simultaneous explosions outside courts in the Uttar Pradesh cities of Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad killed at least 14 people.
Eleven people died in the explosion, which took place during the Friday prayers at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, on May 18. Five others were killed in police firing as a mob went on a rampage to protest the attack.
Two explosions struck mosques last year — one in Malegaon in Maharashtra in which 32 people were killed, and another at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
According to investigating agencies the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) could have been behind these blasts, in coordination with the Pakistan-based militant groups. (ANI)

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